RUSH FIRE DISTRICT:
COMMISSIONERS ELECTION: Commissioner Doug Platt was elected to a five year term as a Rush Fire Commissioner. 34 Registered voters showed up to elect him.
DECEMBERS COMMISSION MEETING: Commissioner Robert Faugh - Recognizing and congratulating Commissioner Larry Meston on his retirement from the Board of Fire Commissioners. Larry served for 25 years and was an active Rush firefighter for 28 years and is a "life member". Larry did a lot of repairs on our apparatus over the years and saved the taxpayers tons of money. He also served on too many committees to list. He will be missed.
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING: Rush Fire District organizational meeting was held January 3th, 2019. Scott Goodman was elected as Chairman, Bob Faugh Vice-Chairman. Colleen Statskey was appointed Secretary, Robert Kuhls was appointed Treasurer. The monthly public meeting will be held the third Tuesday, 7:00 PM at Rush Station 1, 1971 Rush-Mendon Road, Rush, NY. Our bank remains to be M&T. The Henrietta Post will be the official newspaper. Peter Weishaar remains our attorney.
APPARATUS MAINTAINED: We wish to thank the Mark David and the Rush Highway Dept. employees that did our annual oil, lube and filters on 3 of our larger trucks. We supplied the filters, paid for the oil and time for the person to do the work. This saved the taxpayers a lot of money.
FIRE CHIEF NOMINATIONS: The fire department nominations for the Chief and 1st Asst. Chief positions were approved by the fire district commissioners. James J. Bucci Jr. Fire Chief, Jon Faugh 1st Asst. Chief. The line officer positions were also approved. 2nd Asst. Chief will be nominated by the firefighters at the February meeting.
THANK YOU PAST OFFICERS: Chief McNeil, Asst. Chief Jon Faugh and Asst. Chief Joe Watlack along with all the other line officers were thanked by the Fire District Commissioners at the FD’s January business meeting for their dedication and hard work during the past year.
NEW RADIO SYSTEM: The new trunked radio program is moving along. This is going to cost $280,000 but will be required to be able to communicate with 911 and other emergency service by 2020. We have the momney in a reserve fund because we knew this day was coming. By doing it now we saved 45% of the cost. This new equipment will allow us better coverage in Rush and also better communications with surrounding counties. If you have a scanner you will still be able to hear us get toned out for alarms.
LED LIGHTS: The LED light program at station one has been completed. If you notice the outside lights are lot brighter around the station now.
SOME SAFTEY TIPS: Be careful with your use of candles. We have had several serious fires because of candles over the past few years. Have you chimney cleaned and heating appliances checked and in this cold weather keep an eye on your elderly neighbors.
FIRE DEPARTMENT AND AMBULANCE:
ACTIVITY FOR 2018: We had a busy year. We had more wires down, trees down, water problems and MVAs with fluid spills than usual. We had only one major house fire in 2018 and a quick response by your volunteers and help from our mutual aid department confined the fire to the basement. Soot and smoke cause severe damage to the rest of the home. Most of the dry wall will have to be replaced but no damage was done to the frame or roof. We had 4 other fires in a structure with little or no damage. We had 59 less calls than 2017.
We want to thank the community for their outstanding fire prevention efforts.
We had a total of 427 calls. 176 Fire/Rescue/MVA’s type calls, 33 Automatic fire alarms (FD was not needed at any of these) 4 CO Alarms with NO CO present, 27 Mutual Assistance calls to other departments to the scene or fill-in empty fire stations.
AMBULANCE: 252 EMS/Ambulance calls of which 103 required advance life support. We had a first responder on 70% of these calls. Rush transported 96 patients to the hospital or were signed off at the scene. For a complete report go to our face book page or web site www.RushFD.org. Your 40 volunteers donated over 5,000 hours training, drilling, attending seminars, attending meetings, maintaining the apparatus, equipment and fire stations saving the tax payers thousands of dollars.
LADIES FUN DINNER: The firefighters held the annual Ladies Aux. Christmas party at station one in December. They had a choice of Prime Rib, Stuffed Chicken breast or Bake Salmon. Also available Shrimp cocktail, Cheese & crackers, baked potatoes and green beans, assorted cheese cake desserts. This is to thank them for all their hard work during the year, 30 auxiliary members attended.
SOCIAL OFFICERS ELECTION: Duane Fanning was elected President. Jenna Cirinicione Vice President, Diana Pfersick Secretary, Andy Socola Asst. Secretary, Bob Faugh Treasurer. Rev. Buzz Grimm is our Chaplin. A complete list of all officers and directors is at www.RushFD.org.
ANNUAL FUND DRIVE: Our total for 2018 was just over $48,000 which including funds from United Way. This type of response is unbelievable for a town the size of Rush. These funds are used for new equipment, training and vehicles like the ambulance, heavy rescue truck, utility truck, boats/trailer and ATV. The fire department and ambulance service is more than grateful for these contributions. This also keeps your fire district tax rate low as possible. This has amounted to over 2 MILLION DOLLARS over the past years.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, SAFETY TIPS AND DETAILED NEWS: Go to www.RushFD.org www. RushFireDistrict.org or Rush Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page.